Hello from Reggie’s Home team! After demoing the existing structure on our site, the past two weeks we have been sorting the wood from the rest of the construction materials. We have only put the construction materials in the dumpster in order to maximize the used space and have taken the wood off site.
Along with finishing clearing off our site, we have been busy with reviews every Friday. On October 25th we had a review with Ada and Giuseppe from Lot-ek in New York City. Through this presentation our team was given advice on how to present our research and case studies to the scale of our project. They also helped us realized that we needed to start thinking about what Reggie envisions and approach our design in an unconventional way.
For our BIG HALLOWEEN REVIEW we had Marlon Blackwell, Katrina Van Valkenburgh, and Mike Newman come to Newbern. After taking them on a journey from space to Reggie’s property we got a lot of insight on how to begin our design. One of the key factors was to take the concepts of our case studies and apply them to fit Reggie’s needs (Reggie-fy them).
We plan to start our design by looking at Reggie’s desire to live outside and starting our narrative from there.
This week we will get our dumpster off site and finally begin our site survey!! When not on site we will continue to Reggie-fy our case studies and get our design juices flowing.
Reggie’s Home Team really tore the house down this week! With the help of our “5th teammate,” Mason, and the Bobcat, what was once a standing structure is now a pile of debris in the middle of the site.
In order to make the best use of time and tools, the team had a dumpster delivered to site to make the removal of old construction material quicker. To reduce the amount of waste added to the dumpster, we only put building material in the dumpster and separated the wood to burn.
In addition to being on site we also prepared a presentation for Kim Clements and Joe Schneider from JAS Design Build. This presentation allowed us to receive suggestions on how to approach site analysis once the site is clear. Joe and Kim also directed us to search for case studies that are more similar to the size and scope of the project.
That is all we have for now
Coming soon: The biggest burn pile Hale County has seen and a clear site!
After 6 weeks of living in Hale County, Rural Studio 5th-years have chosen teams! Reggie’s Home team consists of four students eager to study passive design strategies and the possible use of unconventional building materials.
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When talking to Reggie about his hopes and dreams of his future home he only had three requests: A roof, a bathroom, and an area where he could spend time outside. Reggie is not interested in having a home with air conditioning which will allow the team to focus on passive design strategies. After talking to Reggie the next question for the team was where to begin. Since Reggie is interested in reusing materials from his old family home, the team decided to start by going to the storage barns owned by the Studio in Newbern and quantifying what material were left over that could also be used.
Once that was done it was demo time! From now until the foreseeable future the team will finish demolishing Reggie’s old family home. This will allow the team to not only learn more about the site, but also form a connection with Reggie since he will be on site helping the team.
That’s all we have for now! In the meantime we’ll be trucking away with our site snakes!
These kids have been here for about month…and haven’t stopped sweating since. The 3rd-Year Studio is such a small, diverse group of students who work together in Red Barn and live together at the Morrisette campus. Throughout the semester, they create their own blended community — full of fresh baked pies and domino games — and work hard at becoming better architects while learning about the people and this place that’s their new, borrowed home.
Instead of the paper and pens of syllabus week, the 3rd-years had shovels, gloves, and paint brushes for what is called “neck-down” week. This first week, everybody participated in small jobs around our campus and became intimately familiar with existing Rural Studio projects.
And after neckdowns, the 3rd-years had their first assignment; the Sawhorse Race. The students split up into teams to design, build, and test a pair of sawhorses. They also measured their tool trailer in order to design an organized and efficient system for tool storage.
The students then participated in two lovely days of water coloring and charcoal sketching in the annual workshop taught by Frank Harmon and Dan Wheeler, learning to use drawing as a way of seeing.
This semester the 3rd-years are going to build a home for our neighbor Ophelia! What a privilege and honor! Ophelia currently lives in a site near two previous Rural Studio projects, and this past week the 3rd-years documented her current home and property extensively to try to understand the constraints and opportunities they may face during the project. The presentation team has interviewed Ophelia, getting to personally know the women that the students will design and build for.
The 3rd-years are also participating in Rural Studio’s first quilting elective! Local artist Aaron Head lead an indigo dyeing workshop using locally grown and found indigo, poke weed, and osage to hand dye natural fabric and wool… and themselves. They will use these materials throughout the semester to piece together a quilt that displays beautifully abstracted renderings of Ophelia’s current home.
On Saturday, September 21st, we celebrated the beautiful work of our 5th-year students, Ayomi Akinlawon, Jed Grant, Madeline Gibbs, and Yikuan Peng, and our lovely neighbor Ann at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 20K Anna’s Home. Thank you to all of our supporters and community! Without your support, none of this work would be possible!
20K Ann’s Home has a research and design focus of “aging-in-place.” The team took on the challenge of designing a home for the entire life of its occupant, not simply accepting the narrow understanding of “aging-in-place” that considers life following retirement. This meant providing spaces that are flexible and remain suitable as a family expands and contracts during different phases of life.
In addition to providing a living room that can easily transition into a third bedroom if required (when those teenagers need their own space or the favorite niece comes to stay), the design creates a strong connection between the interior and the porch with double doors. Not only does this approach create accessibility for someone in a walker, wheelchair, or even a hospital bed, it also provides space for families to gather and support one another. The house also prepares for this life cycle with details that are both durable and affordable to maintain.